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Hannah Waddingham talks about how she turned Game of Thrones’ wild card audition into the role of a lifetime

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Actress Hannah Waddingham is gathering heaps of applauds and praise recently for her first-ever Emmy Awards win, for her role in Ted Lasso. She certainly deserves it, however, most Game of Thrones fans remember her from a role she played way before Ted Lasso became famous. She played the famous ‘shame‘ nun on Game of Thrones, accompanying Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) on her ‘Walk of Shame’. What’s surprising is the fact she was actually a wild card candidate for the role.

She revealed in a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, “Apparently I’d been put in as the wild card, I went in for the meeting, and met [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], and I was a bit like: ‘Hello. I don’t really know why I’m here and I know nothing about Game of Thrones. And I’m so pregnant, I might have an accident right here!”

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The key moment came during the audition when Waddingham accidentally hit a casting assistant on the leg with a wooden ladle. “In the middle of the tape, when I’m meant to be really nasty, I went: ‘Oh my god, darling. Are you all right?’ And when I came back for my recall, David Benioff and Dan Weiss just went: ‘That made us laugh so much. It was like this menacing person who’s going to kill someone, and then you turned into Joanna Lumley!’”

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And after that, casting director Nina Goldcame chasing out after me” and offered her the job.

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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